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Annual Report Card and Briefing Notes

report cover200-282The Annual Report Card (ARC) provides one of the most important outputs of the MCCIP programme, synthesising the previous years work in a highly accessible and actionable format. Our express aim is to provide an annual account of developments in UK marine climate science in the form of a:

"Short, comprehensive, quality assured, high level assimilation of knowledge set out in a visually impacting way that would enable the results to be quickly and easily understood and used by policy advisors, decision makers, Ministers, Parliament and the devolved administrations"

What are the key questions addressed by the ARC?

  • What is the current state of scientific understanding of marine climate change in our oceans and seas?
  • What changes have been observed and what could happen in the future?
  • How much of this is hard fact and how much is interpretation?

Supporting Evidence

The high level statements presented in the ARC are supported by more detailed briefing documents from the contributing scientists. These reports are fully accessible through the online version of the ARC and will set out the supporting case for the messages presented in ARC. These notes are fully referenced and key sources of information highlighted so that the user can look at each subject in greater depth. The MCCIP report card working group commissions the contributing scientists, and identifies appropriate specialists to peer-review the quality of the science.

Knowledge Gaps and Research Prioritisation

Climate change is impacting on the marine environment in a number of ways. These impacts have been reported in the UK Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) latest report card, published in November 2013. Over 150 leading UK scientists provided contributions to the report card, across 33 marine and coastal topics.

These 33 reports, along with the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) and Charting Progress 2, have identified significant gaps in our knowledge that must be addressed to help understand how to respond to the changes.

Here we present the most urgent research priorities which we believe should be of significant interest to funders of scientific research, as well as policy makers, marine managers and industry.